What is Form I-102?
Form I-102, Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Document, is a form issued by USCIS.
The primary purposes of Form I-102 include:
- Replacement of Arrival-Departure Document (Form I-94): Nonimmigrants in the U.S. are typically issued an Arrival-Departure Record, Form I-94, when they enter the country. This form serves as evidence of their nonimmigrant status and authorized period of stay. If the original I-94 is lost, damaged, or contains errors, individuals can use Form I-102 to request a replacement.
- Initial issuance of Form I-94: In some cases, individuals may not receive a Form I-94 upon entry to the U.S. Form I-102 can be used to request the initial issuance of an Arrival-Departure Record.
I-94 records – paper vs online
If you entered the U.S. prior to April 30, 2013, the I-94 records were issued on paper and stapled into the passport.
The online I-94 system was introduced in the U.S. in 2013.
If you entered the US after April 30, 2013, follow the instructions below to obtain your I-94 record online.
How to access my Form I-94 record online?
You can access your Form I-94 record online through the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website:
Visit the CBP website:
- Go to the official U.S. Customs and Border Protection website at https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/.
- Choose “Get most recent I-94”
- Click “I acknowledge and Agree”
Provide Required Information:
- Enter the required information, which typically includes your:
- First and Last Name
- Date of Birth
- Passport Number
- Country of Issuance
- Enter the required information, which typically includes your:
Retrieve Your I-94 Record:
- After entering the required information, click on the “Retrieve I-94” button.
View and Print Your I-94 Record:
- Once your information is verified, the website will display your I-94 record, which includes details such as your arrival and departure information, class of admission, and expiration date.
- You can also obtain the history of your U.S. entries and departures by clicking on the “Get this traveler’s travel history” button
- You can save and print your I-94 record for your records.
How to fix the incorrect I-94 record with CBP
If you discover an error (incorrect name, date of birth, class of admission, passport number, etc.) in your electronic Form I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record), it’s important to address and correct the mistake promptly.
If you were issued an incorrect I-94 record by CBP at the time of your entry, you need to request CBP to correct your record.
No filing fee is required when requesting to correct an I-94 record with CBP.
Errors on your I-94 record could impact your immigration status, so taking corrective action is crucial.
Here are steps you can take to fix an incorrect I-94 record with CBP:
- Collect all relevant documentation, including your passport, visa, and any other documents that prove the correct information.
Review the Error:
- Clearly identify the error on your I-94 record. It could be a misspelling, incorrect date, or other inaccuracies.
Contact Deferred Inspection Site:
- You can contact a Deferred Inspection Site for assistance.
- You can find the list of Deferred Inspection Sites on the CBP website
- Send an email with your request to email address provided in the “I-94 Correction Instructions”
- In your email provide detailed information about your most recent entry: your name, date of birth, passport number, country that issued the passport, date of entry, type of your visa, port of entry (location of your entry), etc. Indicate which information on your I-94 record is inaccurate and what corrections you are requesting. Attach a copy of your passport, US visa, CBP stamp and any other documentation to support your request
If an I-94 record cannot be corrected by CBP, you can file Form I-102 with USCIS. There is a $445 required for Form I-102 filing. You are not required to pay this filing fee if the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) made the error on your I-94 through no fault of your own.
Who needs to file Form I-102?
Here are common scenarios in which individuals may need to file Form I-102:
- Replacement of Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Form I-94: If a nonimmigrant’s Arrival-Departure Record (Form I-94) is lost, stolen, damaged, or contains errors, they may file Form I-102 to request a replacement. If you entered the US after April 30, 2013, check if you can access your I-94 record online
- Correction of Errors on Form I-94: If there are mistakes or inaccuracies on the original Form I-94, individuals may use Form I-102 to request corrections. If you were issued an incorrect I-94 record by CBP at the time of your entry, you need to request CBP first to correct your record (see the instructions provided above).
- Initial Issuance of Form I-94: In some cases, nonimmigrants may not receive a Form I-94 upon entry to the U.S. Form I-102 can be used to request the initial issuance of an Arrival-Departure Record.
Form I-102 filing fee
The filing fee for Form I-102, Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Document is $445.
You do not need to pay this filing fee if the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) made the error on your I-94 through no fault of your own.
USCIS fees are subject to change, and it’s crucial to verify the current fee on the official USCIS Form I-102 page.
You can pay the fee with a money order, personal check, cashier’s check or pay by credit card using Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions.
Form I-102 checklist of required documents
When filing Form I-102, Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Document, you will need to include the following documents:
- Completed Form I-102:
- Make sure to fill out all sections of the form accurately and completely.
- Use the most recent edition of Form I-102 available on the USCIS website
- USCIS will reject any outdated forms
- You must sign and date the form in ink
- USCIS will not accept computer-generated or stamped signatures
- Filing Fee (if applicable):
- Include the filing fee of $445 with your application.
- You do not need to pay this filing fee if the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) made the error on your I-94 through no fault of your own.
- Photocopy of Passport:
- Provide a copy of your passport biographical page, which includes your name, photo, and other relevant details.
- Provide a copy of CBP stamp in your passport
- Photocopy of Visa:
- Include a copy of your nonimmigrant visa.
- Evidence of Nonimmigrant Status:
- Include documents that establish your current nonimmigrant status, such as an approval notice (Form I-797) from a prior petition, Form I-20 (for F-1 and M-1 students), or DS-2019 (for J-1 visa holders).
- Supporting Documentation for Replacement I-94:
- If you are applying for a replacement I-94, provide a detailed explanation of how the document was lost, stolen, damaged, or contains errors. Include any supporting documentation, such as a police report if applicable.
- Supporting Documentation for Initial I-94:
- If you are applying for the initial issuance of an I-94, provide an explanation of the circumstances necessitating the initial issuance.
- Any Additional Supporting Documents:
- Include any other documents that may support your application or provide clarification on your nonimmigrant status.
- Photocopy of Receipt Notice (if applicable):
- If you previously filed Form I-102, include a copy of the receipt notice from the previous filing.
Where to send Form I-102
The specific mailing address for Form I-102, Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Document, can depend on your location and the circumstances of your application.
You can find the correct mailing address on USCIS Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-102 page.
Always double-check the form instructions for the most accurate and up-to-date information on where to send Form I-102.
USCIS may update filing addresses, and using the correct address will help ensure that your application is processed without delays.
Form I-102 processing time
According to the USCIS website, it can take anywhere from 5 months to 30 months to process Form I-102, Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Document.
The processing time for Form I-102 can be affected by factors such as the completeness of the application, whether additional documentation is required, and the workload at the USCIS service center processing the application.
USCIS provides estimated processing times on their official website, select “Form I-102” and your service center. The name of the USCIS service center handling your application is located in the left bottom corner of your I-102 receipt notice.
USCIS processing times are approximate, and your I-102 application can be processed faster than the published average processing time.